Fine Arts

Eight Midway High School Students Selected for Texas All-State Choir

The Midway High School Choir program is celebrating the incredible achievement of its singers who have been selected for the prestigious Texas All-State Choir. After completing the rigorous audition process earlier this month, eight MHS Choir students were chosen to receive All-State honors from a pool of over 70,000 applicants.

Students smile for photo in front of brick wall.
Pictured left to right: Asher Beck, Madeleine Denman, Noah Doss, Alissa Ayers, Wyatt Somers, Madeline Greener, Jackson Owen, and Sam Conaway.

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive, and the selection process is incredibly competitive. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become members of this elite group.

Congratulations to these outstanding musicians!

Madeleine Denman – Sophomore, 3rd Chair Soprano 1 All-State Mixed Choir
Madeline Greener – Senior, 1st Chair Soprano 2 All-State Mixed Choir
Alissa Ayers – Senior, 1st Chair Alto 1 All-State Mixed Choir
Sam Conaway – Sophomore, 2nd Chair Tenor 1 All-State Mixed Choir
Noah Doss – Senior, 2nd Chair Tenor 2 All-State Mixed Choir
Asher Beck – Sophomore, 3rd Chair Tenor 2 All-State Mixed Choir
Wyatt Somers – Senior, 2nd Chair Bass 1 All-State Tenor-Bass Choir
Jackson Owen – Sophomore, 2nd Chair Bass 2 All-State Tenor-Bass Choir

And it’s not the first time some of these students have earned this impressive honor. This is the third year Madeline Greener has been selected for All-State Choir and the second year Sam Conaway, Asher Beck, and Wyatt Somers have been selected.

As All-State musicians, these singers will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention held in San Antonio at the beginning of February. Their performances for thousands of attendees will bring this extraordinary event to a close.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have advanced through several rounds of auditions to qualify at the state level and perform in one of 18 ensembles. This competitive audition process, sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association, begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA regions.

Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their region to compete against musicians in eight TMEA areas. Eleven MHS Choir students advanced to the area competitions, and eight qualified among the highest-ranking musicians to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.

This incredible accomplishment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of these talented students as well as the guidance of MHS choral directors Jeff Rice, Jannifer Rice, and Caleb Overstreet. Additionally, Beck, Conaway, Greener, and Somers are private voice students of Dr. David Guess; Ayers, Denman, and Doss are private voice students of Mrs. Tina Hays; and Owen studies privately with Mrs. Julianne Best.

Jan 26, 2023
Fine Arts